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    Champions League draw came out. Liverpool plays Athletico Madrid. Man City draw another La Liga side Real Madrid. Chelsea draw Bayern Munich. As a reminder, Liverpool drew Bayern in this round last year, while Ajax eliminated Real Madrid likewise in the same round. Tottenham drew Leipzig (or some spelling like that). They are first in the Bundasliga, so while such a name might make teams feel safe, not so safe this year.

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    Nearing the end of the Holiday season craziness. Liverpool have won every game, except for the U-9's they fielded against Aston Villa in the Sponsor League Cup. Liverpool managed to scrape by and win the Club World Cup... oh goody! They can toss that on the scrap pile with the Super Cup.

    VAR continues to be a pain in the butt, and Liverpool benefited legitimately both times against Wolves, but the offside was ridiculously cruel and something needs to be done about monitoring the margin of offsides that is going to be called.

    Manchester City can't buy a break, having their keeper sent off in the first 10 minutes, and dropped a couple more points. Leicester City was hammered by Liverpool and are 13 points and Liverpool has a game in hand. Liverpool have to have a major collapse while Leicester or Man City win out to not win the title this year. Man City won the last 13 games last year. It isn't impossible, and I'll wait until March to start ordering balloons.

    Meanwhile in Germany, Bayern Munich isn't in first place still... and it is almost January. Really, there are just a short run of good form from being in first, but the Bundesliga is up for grabs, in theory, for a few teams.

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    Liverpool seem unstoppable now. I expect when the finish line is in sight they will take their foot off the gas and blood a few more youngsters.

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    Liverpool defeat a deflated Tottenham. Again, LFC didn't terribly overpower the opponent for 90 minutes, possibly due to fatigue, and Tottenham had chances, but Allison is really one of the two incredibly important pieces to the LFC puzzle that is leading to this ridiculous success. They have six consecutive clean sheets (shutouts) in EPL play. The league isn't their yet, but Man City or Leicester City would pretty much need to win out to even have a chance, and both teams don't look like they are of the form to pull that off. Liverpool have to lose 6 games at this point in order to give other teams a shot.

    So it is less now as to whether Liverpool will win the EPL, but whether they'll finish as the second team to go undefeated... and maybe with only a few draws, which will provide a remarkable point total. And of course, there is the Champions League ​and FA Cup.

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    Pure domination of Man U by Liverpool. Manchester is lucky it's not 4 - nil.

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    One hand on the EPL title with today’s victory.

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    Liverpool sealed their first EPL championship on Sunday. Probably before Sunday but no team will catch them now. Even Pep has come to this realization. With 16 games left I think it is inevitable Liverpool will drop a few points here and there on the way to claiming their crown but they are so far ahead it won't matter. Poor defending by Man Utd again to allow Van Dijk the header. Liverpool's second goal was interesting. Again poor defending. Salah left on his own on the half way line. De Gea was told to stay back instead of going up for the corner. However, he should have positioned himself closer to Salah but why there was nobody on Salah is a mystery. And when the Utd defender caught up with Salah, he was out muscled. Terrible, he should have been aware of how to deal with such a situation.



    OLE: "I had to do it" as he walks off the field

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    Well, the best defense is to not let Salah off of a tether. That is one of the benefits of having an Allison in net.

    Really, not much sense in tackling him from behind. Get a three game suspension for at best a continued attempt at making it a draw to remain just 27 points back?

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    It's one of the biggest rivalries in the EPL. It's a matter of pride. Roy Keane would have kicked Salah into the stands even if Utd were down by four just on principle.

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    Thankfully, not everyone is like Roy Keane. Besides, Keane would have done that regardless of who he was playing for.

    Meanwhile, I ponder the pressure on Liverpool right now regarding the Champions League. With a hand on the EPL title, yippee!, but if they break Manchester City's point record, I wonder what the disappointment would be if they drop the Champions League, which is hardly a sure thing for them. Yes, the EPL will mean a lot! But if this team is to become a legend, they need at least the double.

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